The Case for Humanitarian Economics: Recalibrating War and Disaster

Please join us for a talk by Dr. Gilles Carbonnier, Professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute of Geneva.

Economists have neglected the civil wars and disasters that have plagued much of the developing world for too long. This changed with the emergence of humanitarian economics as a field of study and practice. This field offers an economic and political economy lens through which to grapple with important question such as:

  • How combatants, civilians, and aid workers interact
  • How the aid market evolves
  • How to improve humanitarian outcomes

Drawing on his new book, Humanitarian Economics, Prof. Carbonnier will address these issues and discuss the need to navigate between reason, emotions, and compassion to avoid adding catastrophe to disaster when using this lens. Professor Julie Schaffner of the Fletcher School will be the discussant. General discussion will follow. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

This talk is jointly organized by the Feinstein International Center and the Institute for Human Security.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
12:30 – 1:55pm
Location TBD

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